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Why Would Mandelbrot Dispute This Data?

The following chart lists the Top 10 countries based on the lengths of their borders:

  1. China, 13,642 miles
  2. Russia, 12,437 miles
  3. Brazil, 9,128 miles
  4. India, 8,763 miles
  5. USA, 7,477 miles
  6. Kazakhstan, 7,463 miles
  7. Democratic Republic of Congo, 6,667 miles
  8. Argentina, 6,005 miles
  9. Canada, 5,525 miles
  10. Mongolia, 5,107 miles
Your Task: Suppose the populations of each of these countries were lined up along their respective borders, linked with extended arms. Do any of these countries have a sufficient population to complete their border? If not, which country is closest to doing so?

Source: Adapted from R. Ash's Top 10 of Everything: 2008